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During my eight years living in Mexico, I’ve done a lot of traveling: to all kinds of beaches, up mountains and volcanos, to jungles in the north and south, to deserts full of cacti and Joshua trees, to tranquil small towns where Spanish is a second language, and all around the madness of Mexico City.
I describe five of my favorite places in my newest article for Transitions Abroad: 5 Routes and Regions for an Authentic Mexican Visit.
Sure, I love the beauty and convenience of popular tourist spots like Los Cabos and the Mayan Riviera. I’d recommend them to anyone. But if you’ve already been there, or are looking for something a little different (and cheaper), then check out the places in the article.
Sure, some of them, like the hippy hangouts and expat communities of Oaxaca, are firmly on the beaten path. But you’ll still find a more authentic and adventurous experience there, instead of staying in a fancy resort with all your bland tacos and watered-down drinks included.
Please click the link for the article, and as always I welcome any comments or questions.
In Mexico, a country full of color, tradition and flavor, the Day of the Dead stands out as especially colorful, traditional and flavorful. Rooted in Pre-Hispanic practice and caught up in the trick-or-treat influence of Halloween, the holiday is a chance to honor deceased relatives with an altar in the home, dress up as an elegant skeleton, and sample the best of Mexico’s artesanal candy.
The Day of the Dead takes place on November 2, but it’s celebrated several days or even several weeks before, especially when there’s a long weekend like this year. While it’s one of the most public holidays in Mexico, in many ways it’s also the most personal. Besides costumes and outdoor events (more on those below), perhaps the most interesting part of the holiday is that people visit the cemetery where their loved ones are buried.
They clean it up, adorn it with flowers, and even may spend…
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On September 16, 1810, the Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bells of his church in Dolores, Guanajuato. A crowd of locals gathered around him on the front steps, and Hidalgo gave a passionate speech about the need for an independent Mexico, though today the exact words aren’t known.
Today, there are fiestas everywhere in Mexico to commemorate this symbolic beginning of the Mexican War of Independence against Spain. The end of the war finally came 11 long years later in 1821.
Hidalgo’s grito (cry, shout) is reenacted throughout Mexico on September 15, the night before the holiday, usually at 11 p.m. The most important available government official rings the bell that hangs from the front of the government palace in nearly every city and town. People fill the zocalo, the center square fronted by government buildings and the cathedral. They dance to live music, waiting for…
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